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Wake Up Washington | Washington’s defensive line steps up in win over Arizona

Washington State is set to return to the national spotlight after a stunning upset victory over Wisconsin. Just two weeks after their impressive win, the Cougars are gearing up to face Oregon State on September 23 in a highly anticipated matchup that will kick off at 4 p.m. and be broadcast on FOX.

This upcoming game marks the commencement of Pac-12 play, a significant moment as it represents the final season of conference competition in its current format. The clash between the conference’s last two members promises to be a thrilling showdown. If both teams secure victories this weekend, the OSU-WSU game is likely to feature two top-25 ranked teams. Presently, Washington State holds the No. 23 ranking, while Oregon State is ranked No. 16.

This weekend, WSU will host FCS Northern Colorado, while Oregon State will face San Diego State, a formidable Mountain West club.

Ron Stone Jr. Earns Pac-12 Player of the Week Honors

Ron Stone Jr.’s standout performance in the recent victory over Wisconsin has not gone unnoticed. Stone has been honored with the title of Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as well as Defensive Lineman of the Week. His contributions to the game included five tackles and two strip sacks, with one of these fumbles being recovered for a touchdown. Stone’s exceptional defensive efforts played a pivotal role in Washington State’s victory.

Jaden Hicks Shines, Named to Defensive Team of the Week

Washington State’s safety, Jaden Hicks, continues to make waves and is drawing attention from NFL draft boards. His stellar performance in the win against Wisconsin earned him a well-deserved spot on Pro Football Focus’ Defensive Team of the Week. Hicks made significant contributions to the game, including forcing a fumble that led to a touchdown for the Cougars’ offense. Additionally, he delivered a ferocious hit followed by a crucial pass breakup on third down during the next series. Hicks’s impressive performance also included nine tackles, the second-highest on the team, and one recorded quarterback hurry. His standout play demonstrates his potential and adds to his burgeoning NFL draft prospects.

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